Implementation of the revised 2013–14 budget is currently under discussion with partner governments and organisations.
In August 2010, Australia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands agreed on a new Partnership for Development [PDF 266kb] to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. The Partnership guides Australia's aid to the Marshall Islands and focuses on the priority areas of increased access to clean water and sanitation, and affordable, sustainable energy.
Australia has invested $11.5 million in total ODA in the Marshall Islands over the last three years. Our investment has contributed to important development results, including:
- increased water security on Kwajalein atoll through the provision of household water catchment tanks to 380 households (approximately 4,340 people)
- the development of a national Energy Policy and Energy Roadmap, which has allowed the Marshall Islands take proactive steps to recover from the 2009 energy crisis and national state of emergency
- savings of approximately USD4 million in the petroleum sector which contributed to a USD3.2 million profit for the state owned Marshalls Energy Company
- emergency assistance to the 2013 drought, providing life-saving mobile desalination units to outer islands
- provision of essential scholarships to allow Marshallese students to study at Pacific regional and Australian institutions. These scholarships are helping the Marshall Islands address human capacity gaps at all levels of government and private sector.
Australia expects to provide $6.4 million in development assistance to the Marshall Islands in 2013–14.
Australia remains committed to delivering results in the Marshall Islands, including:
- continuing to improve access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation by financing the design of a major water and sanitation program for the island of Ebeye, with the Asian Development Bank
- helping the Marshall Islands reduce energy costs and improve efficiency through a review of electricity tariffs to strengthen cost recovery and the rehabilitation of deteriorated fuel tanks
- continuing to support tax reform to increase the Marshall Islands’ internal revenue
- upskilling of the workforce in key sectors through the provision of scholarships.
More expected outcomes can be viewed under the ‘See our results’ tab above.